Friday, December 25, 2009

Kenyan Gospel



Hello darling, Miss Welby again. Since you allow me to post in your blog, here's a Kenyan Gospel for your Christmas. My old friend Dora (who is a friend of Orietta as well) loves your Kikoy and would like to get one. Me too. How can we pay you? We cannot tranfer money abroad. We give the money to Orietta and then she'll transfer them to you. OK? Ciao and kisses

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Solar Camel

This is Miss Welby writing. Hello beautiful Rebecca, I don't normally post on your blog but this is an exception to wish you a merry Christmas and the best for 2010. Here's for you a Solar Camel from your Kenya. The solar panel is used to power small refrigerators to bring medicines and vaccines in remote areas of Eastern Africa. It's a great idea! Full article with more pictures at this link

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Inclusive education


The whole of last week I had attended a conference on inclusive education and I came to learn alot.
how people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus should be included in education. though they encounter so may of challenges as challenged person they have got so many to offer this world if only they can be supported medically and included in all dimensions of life.
Yes thats true





The above picture shows some of the adult with spina bifida and Hydrocephalus apart from Mark who is in front.

Friday, September 18, 2009

School for the girls



It is a new term since school have been opened and members of school for the girls are doing well,

Albright and sweety are doing well but but they have some difficulties of going back to school due to school fee.


Sweety's mothers is physically challenged and I feel very encouraged when she tells me " I am working hard so that in future I may be able to help my mom as well my brothers and sister."


Albright is also working hard but due to some difficulties she may not be able to go back to school.


In order to support these two girls plus the rest please send your support to the account number on the side bar and also any other kind of support is allowed like books pencil's and other stationary material.
You can also support the girls by buying a kikoy an African fabric


Your support will be much appreciated

Thanks for your support in advance


Greetings from school for the Girls

Rebecca

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tell me is this fair?


Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmed Al-Hussein incidence of being charged has some how shocked me.


As far as I know dressing issues we should be smart and decent... and to some extent it is how someone feels or it is someones choice. but it seems I am wrong due to what happened to her


I don't real know what to say.... how should we dress? or what is it wrong with dressing in certain way?
I am running out of ideas please let me know

Monday, August 10, 2009

Beauty of Nature


"if you destroy nature, nature will destroy you"

these are words for 2004 nobel prize winner Wangari Mathai who has been the leader of the green belt movement in Kenya.
Mostly she has been dealing with environmental issues up to this moment. most people thought she was crazy but now people are facing the reality.
Sometime back in Kenya people have been cutting down trees fir charcoal and using products which are not environmental friendly example use of plastic bags without recycling them... and also staying at water catchment areas of the country but now condition is so pathetic since the level of water has gone down and there is water and electricity rationing in the country.
Just imagine a country without water... the impact is no food, and no economic growth for the nation and hence of the world.
So change begins with us let us obey natures law by trying to plant trees and using bio-degradable products.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Joytown school


Joytown special school has been an oasis of hope to many people including my self since i was a student there.

"Joytown Primary School is a special school for physically handicapped children. The school is situated in Thika Municipality in Thika District in the Central Province of Kenya. It is about 45 kilometers from Nairobi, the capital of the Republic of Kenya. The school was founded in the year 1962 by a Salvation Army missionary officer, Colonel Cyril Woods, as the church's expression of loving care to children who are handicapped. The objective was to give rehabilitation to the physically handicapped to enable them to walk and gain skills that would make them self reliant.
The main service offered at the school is that of correcting limb deformities through a process that involves surgery and physiotherapy. Although the children will not attain total cure, they are enabled to use their limbs and are able to walk on their own. Alongside this, the children receive primary level education with boarding and lodging.
The school is managed by a School Board of Governors, whose thirteen members are appointed by the Kenyan Ministry of Education in liaison with the school's sponsor, The Salvation Army.
Primary level education is offered up to Std.8 including a nursery class and special unit for children with mental and physical disabilities. There were a total of 290 children enrolled in the school in 2007 ( 180 boys and 110 girls) in 10 classes. Among them 18 were in kindergarten and 25 children were in the special unit for the severely physically handicapped."
Joy town secondary and primary school have blessed so many people in different ways through singing, hard work which have proved disability not inability.

Through Bethany kids a hospital in Kijabe most students have been helped with corrective surgeries hence making them happy.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Power Of silence



Hello Friends,
I don't really know if you have an idea about goodness and power in silence.
Especially when you are stressed.

In our world today especially in some cities we do have noisy environment which in turn gives us hard time and hence increases stress.
But you can deal with it!!!

When you feel stressed up you can search for a calm place like swimming area, park area where there is no noise and all you can hear is birds singing in the air. try as much as you can to relax and be happy.
If you can not find any of this scenario just give enough time to your self by locking your self in the bed room and listen to a very calm music(my self I sing lullaby ).

Try it out and you will realize the power of silence!!!!
Because you will reduce the chances of having stomach ulcers and you may maintain good relationship with your colleagues..... most of times we loose our friends, life partners as a result of stress.

Just try it out!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

spina Bifida.... Do you know?


Working in the hospital is a bit hectic but I am glad because I am able to give a liitle help which is good.
Today has been a hectic day because I have met new parent who do not know anything about spina bifida,
So I was wondering Do you know anything about it? or have you heard anything about it?



Spina bifida is a serious birth defect that occurs when the tissue surrounding the developing spinal cord of a fetus doesn't close properly.


Spina bifida is one of the more common birth defects in the United States and these days the cases are increasing in Africa. When treatment for spina bifida is necessary, it's done through surgery, although such treatment doesn't always completely resolve the problem.

Myelomeningocele is a severe form of spina bifida, in which the membranes and the spinal cord protrude at birth, forming a sac on the baby's back. Exposed nerves and muscles may become infected, so prompt surgery is needed after birth.

Spina bifida occulta. This mildest form results in a small separation or gap in one or more of the vertebrae of the spine. Because the spinal nerves usually aren't involved, most children with this form of spina bifida have no signs or symptoms and experience no neurological problems.

An abnormal tuft of hair, a collection of fat, a small dimple or a birthmark on the newborn's skin above the spinal defect may be the only visible indication of the condition. In fact, most people who have spina bifida occulta don't even know it, unless the condition is discovered during an X-ray for unrelated reasons.

Meningocele. In this rare form, the protective membranes around the spinal cord (meninges) push out through the opening in the vertebrae. Because the spinal cord develops normally, these membranes can be removed by surgery with little or no damage to nerve pathways.
Myelomeningocele. Also known as open spina bifida, myelomeningocele is the most severe form — and the form people usually mean when they use the term "spina bifida."

In myelomeningocele, the baby's spinal canal remains open along several vertebrae in the lower or middle back. Because of this opening, both the membranes and the spinal cord protrude at birth, forming a sac on the baby's back. In some cases, skin covers the sac. Usually, however, tissues and nerves are exposed, making the baby prone to life-threatening infections.

Neurological impairment — often including loss of movement (paralysis) — is common. So are bowel and bladder problems, seizures and other medical complications.
Here are some of the risk factors that I have come to learn while working here ar Bethny kids

Risk factors
Although doctors and researchers don't know for sure why spina bifida occurs, they have identified a few risk factors:

Race. Spina bifida is more common among Hispanics and whites of Northern European descent.

Sex. More female babies are born with spina bifida.
Family history of neural tube defects. Couples who've had one child with a neural tube defect have a slightly higher chance of having another baby with the same defect. That risk increases if two previous children have been affected by the condition. In addition, a woman who was born with a neural tube defect, or who has a close relative with one, has a greater chance of giving birth to a child with spina bifida. However, most babies with spina bifida are born to parents with no known family history of the condition.

Folic acid deficiency. This vitamin is important to the healthy development of a fetus. Lack of folic acid (vitamin B-9) increases the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects.

Some medications. Anti-seizure medications, such as valproic acid (Depakene), seem to cause neural tube defects when taken during pregnancy, perhaps because they interfere with the body's ability to use folic acid.
Diabetes. The risk of spina bifida increases with diabetes, especially when the mother's blood sugar is elevated early in her pregnancy. Careful blood sugar control and management can decrease this risk.

Obesity. There's a link between pre-pregnancy obesity and neural tube birth defects, including spina bifida. Exactly why obese women have an increased risk of having a baby with spina bifida isn't known, but is possibly because of nutritional deficits from poor eating habits or because they may have diabetes — another known risk factor for neural tube defects.


But having spina bifida cannot prevent someone from living a normal life just like I

If you have extra infromation or corrections your comments are welcomed and if you have learned something new Thanks so much.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

How was your Easter?

Hello Friends,

Hope you are doing well. Last week it was a long Easter for christians or followers of Christ,

It was a wonderful moment since we remember the death a Jesus. As School For The Girls (The seven Girls we went to church) And we know it is a nice move.

I think it was a season to understand each and every one of us well and to pardon each other where we went wrong,

Generally how was your easter and how do you feel about it?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A nice poem

Hello friend,
I was going through my email and I happened to get a nice poem about friendship and a real friend.
Hope you will enjoy it and be able to learn from it as well.

A friend is a treasure




A friend is someone we turn to, When our spirits need a lift, A friend is someone we treasure, For true friendship is a gift. A friend is someone we laugh with, Over little personal things, A friend is someone we're serious with, In facing whatever life brings. A friend is someone who fills our lives, With beauty and joy and grace. And makes the world that we live in A better and happier place! Thanks for being my friend!!.

Hope you will be able to learn more from this a friend is and will always be a treasure.
Thanks

Monday, March 2, 2009

Social work at Bethany kids

I have been lost for some time but now am back.
Many a times I ahave kept on talking about giving someone a smile. At the moment I am doing my social work internship at Bethany kids at Kiabe Hospital, I am so glad for what is hapening here though it is far from Nairobi where I stay and I cannot add pictures on my blog.
It is a wonderful experience... working for many people from different backgrounds.
Bethany kids it is a small paediatric hospital dealing with neural cases like spina bifida, hydrocephalus,e.t.c
In the process of my intern I have been able to be challenged in many way... and I can say we need to thank our creator for where we are at any moment so long a we are ok.
My self I have Spina Bifida and I felt working here up to June will make me learn alot as well as encourage the parents who have kids with Spina Bifida and hyrocephalus.
Because taking care of such kids is such a long journey.

I hope you will also learn a lot going through this website
http://www.bethanykids.org

Monday, February 2, 2009

Friendship

Frienship matters alot in life. But we need to ask ourself Whom Am I supposed to love? This is because we tend to love people who are closer to us only or people whom we think they love us too.

But we should experiment try to love people whom we know, show them care if they need, try and love people from a different religion, class (Social status), different country, and different continents and always learn to show them a smile... Just remember small things Can change thew world and make a big and nie glabal friendship hence thee will be no space for enmity.

Thanks

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

America's 44th president

It was a wonderful moment during the Obama's swear in ceremony as the 44th president of America. He gave out a wonderful speech and hope the mojority of us witnessed through the screen just as I.
Get more information from Paul's blog 'But a poor reflection'.

http://abspoel.blogspot.com/
Congratulation President Obama

Have a blessed day.